A Russian advance past the Luhansk administrative border failed around the Donetsk border settlements of Mykolaivka and Vyimka, Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Facebook on Aug. 18.
Shelling from tanks and rocket launchers was also recorded in the areas of Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, and six other settlements. Enemy aircraft struck near the settlement of Vesele, close to occupied Luhansk Oblast.
On the Bakhmut axis, shelling was recorded near Bakhmut and four other settlements.
All Russian advances south from occupied Luhansk Oblast towards Ukrainian-held Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast were unsuccessful, and the Russians withdrew with losses, the military reports.
On the Avdiyivka axis, shelling from cannon, rocket artillery and tanks was recorded near Avdiyivka and five other settlements. Russian troops launched an offensive in the direction of the occupied town of Horlivka, north of Donetsk, but failed.
In Zaporizhzhia, Russian forces stayed on the defensive, maintaining their occupied frontiers. Shelling was recorded near 11 settlements.
The enemy conducted aerial reconnaissance using UAVs near six settlements.
Russian assaults west of Donetsk, towards Zaporizhzhia Oblast, also failed.